Auto Accidents and Cell PhonesThe statistics regarding auto accidents and cell phones are distressing. For example, more than a quarter of car accidents involve the use of a cell phone. Yet, drivers continue to talk on the phone, text their friends, check their email, and browse the Internet behind the wheel. These drivers are not only endangering their own lives, but also the lives of everyone else on or near the road. The attorneys of Kenison Law Office in Manchester, NH work to protect these victims and their families.

Facts Pertaining to Auto Accidents and Cell Phones

Talking on the phone while operating a vehicle is especially dangerous because it diverts drivers’ attention away from what is happening around them. Texting is even more dangerous because the driver is not only mentally absent, but also looking away from the road completely. Distracted driving, of which cell phone use is a major component, is the number one cause of accidents.

A speeding truck whizzing by, its driver potentially suffering from fatigueAccording to “The Large Truck Causation Study” published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Study Safety Administration in 2007, driver fatigue contributes to 13 percent of all large truck accidents in the nation. This makes it the sixth-leading cause of large truck accidents, ahead of driver distraction and road rage and just behind driving under the influence and speeding. Another study conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that driver fatigue was a probable cause, contributing factor, or finding in nearly 20 percent of its 182 major investigations into all auto accidents, including large truck accidents, between 2001 and 2012.

Whatever the case, there can be no doubting that driver fatigue can impair a person’s ability to operate a vehicle. And when that vehicle is a large truck, which is already among the most inherently dangerous and potentially deadly vehicles to occupy our nation’s roadways, the results can be devastating.

At Kenison Law Office, PLLC, we have extensive experience and a history of success in handling cases involving truck accidents and driver fatigue. Manchester, NH attorney John B. Kenison has been representing injured victims of negligence and their families in large truck and other auto accident cases for more than 25 years. If you or a member of your family has been injured in a collision with a large truck caused by driver fatigue, or if you have tragically lost a family member in such a collision, Mr. Kenison has the resources, skills, and tenacity to provide you with the representation you need to obtain the compensation you deserve.

A motorcyclist on the roadThe people of Manchester know that our law firm is on their side. Injury and accident victims can count on our team to offer expert legal guidance in all kinds of injury cases, from slips and falls to serious and fatal motorcycle accidents.

A number of motorcyclists have asked us about lane splitting and whether or not it’s legal in New Hampshire. Let’s take a moment to consider what lane splitting is and then offer some honest advice you should think about whenever you are on the road.

What Is Lane Splitting?

A wet floor caution signWhen you set foot onto another party’s premises, whether it is the house of an acquaintance or a large supermarket that is part of a chain, you have every reason to expect that it is safe for you to do so. Under the legal doctrine of premises liability, the owners and managers of properties owe a duty of care to those who enter onto their premises; they have a responsibility to make certain that conditions are reasonably safe and that entrants onto their premises are protected from or warned of any potential hazards. When they fail to exercise this duty of care, and an injury occurs as a result, they can be held financially liable for any losses or expenses related to that injury.

Among the most common types of premises liability accidents are slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents can occur due to any number of causes; cases involving slip and fall accident causes of all types are expertly handled by Manchester, NH personal injury attorney John B. Kenison, Jr. If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured due to a slip and fall accident that occurred on someone else’s unsafe premises, or if you have tragically lost a family member due to such an accident, we urge you to arrange for an evaluation of your premises liability case today.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents?

Car Accidents and SeniorsAs of 2015, more than 40 million of the drivers on America’s roads were seniors, or those over the age of 65. Unfortunately, the risk of being involved in a fatal car accident increases with age. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 12 percent of the drivers involved in fatal accidents are seniors. This number is second only to teen drivers.

Attorney John B. Kenison, Jr. understands the risk of car accidents for seniors in Manchester, NH. His expertise in car accidents and personal injury law has given him the ability to represent accident victims and their families and secure compensation for their losses.

Risk Factors for Senior Drivers

Close up of an emergency response vehicle with a damaged vehicle after a speeding accident behind itCar accidents involving speeding are a problem throughout the United States, and a particular concern recently in New Hampshire, where traffic fatalities have been trending up between 2014 and 2016. While not all of these accidents involved speeding, speeding was the primary factor in many of them, while others involved combinations of speeding with other factors such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Tragically, many of the people who are injured or killed in car accidents involving speeding are not the drivers who exceed our state’s speed limits, but innocent, law-abiding citizens who simply happen to be on the wrong road at the wrong time. In such cases, the victims of such accidents may be entitled to receive compensation for the losses and expenses they sustain as a result of their injuries if they decide to file a personal injury lawsuit in a New Hampshire civil court.

It is important to note that even those car accident cases that appear to be simple and straightforward on their face can become incredibly complex affairs when they proceed to trial, especially when powerful auto insurance companies become involved. That’s precisely why, if you or a member of your family has been injured in an auto accident caused by a speeding driver, you need representation from a skilled, experienced personal injury attorney such as John B. Kenison, Jr. When it comes to litigating claims involving car accidents and speeding, our Manchester, NH lawyer has the knowledge, resources, and pure tenacity to handle even the most complex and challenging cases successfully.

If you purchased or received a new Maytag, Whirlpool,  or Kenmore, front-loading washing machine manufactured between 2001 and 2010, you may be entitled to cash or other compensation as part of a class action settlement.   Click the link to read the consumer reports article on the issue.

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The Overtime Rule

In 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to update the overtime regulations to reflect the original intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and to simplify and modernize the rules so they’re easier for workers and businesses to understand and apply. The department has issued a final rule that will put more money in the pockets of middle-class workers – or give them more free time.

The final rule will:

On a fair summer day with a temperature of 70 degrees, the inside of your car can turn into a scalding 90 degrees with closed windows after just 10 minutes. Dogs cannot cool themselves down as easily as people, and once they overheat, they can suffer extensive organ damage or die.

Are there laws in place to protect these hot dogs in need? There are several states that have laws specifically about pets in cars. New Hampshire is one of them. New Hampshire RSA 644:8-aa states as follows:

“It shall be cruelty to confine an animal in a motor vehicle or other enclosed space in which the temperature is either so high or so low as to cause serious harm to the animal.”

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